Checking Your Phone Constantly For Social & Email Updates? Then You’re Seriously...

Checking Your Phone Constantly For Social & Email Updates? Then You’re Seriously Stressed Out!

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If you can’t resist the urge to constantly check your phone for emails, social updates, messages and other digital distractions, then you’re showing signs of serious stress.


 Yes, it’s true.

 At least that’s what the American Psychological Association is claiming, in a report it published yesterday. The study was conducted through a survey which aims to analyze our increasingly complex and indispensable relationship with our smartphones, in particular, and technology, at large, and how this obsession impacts people’s stress levels, mental and physical well-being.

 The report claims that a profile of “constant checker” is emerging now, as more people are becoming more prolific in their use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc) primarily on their smartphones. It warns that this incessant attachment to devices and constant use of technology has gone beyond just addiction levels, and that this behaviour is actually associated with heightened stress levels among Americans who participated in this American Psychological Association study.

 

“Generally, nearly one-fifth of Americans (18 percent) identify the use of technology as a very or somewhat significant source of stress,” claims the report. But the most stressful part about technology is when it doesn’t work, according to 20 percent of the respondents. Think we all agree with that point, at least — it’s a universal feeling to panic and induce some stress as soon as our smartphone stops working.

But for “constant checker”, the stress experienced is more, according to the report. “For constant checkers, stress runs higher than for those who do not engage with technology as frequently. On a 10-point scale, where 1 is “little or no stress” and 10 is “a great deal of stress,” the average reported overall stress level of constant checkers is 5.3. For non-constant checkers, the average reported stress level is 4.4.”

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This is some serious cause for concern. Remember, technology’s supposed to enhance your life, make you more productive, delight and comfort you. It can’t be a serious health risk, which is what this report suggests technology’s actually inducing — amongst “constant checker”, at least. Maybe ignoring your phone on weekends or on your days off work, keeping it not-so-easily-accessible next to your bed, and periodically weaning yourself off technology’s over-use by going on a detox trip is a good way of limiting technology’s serious side-effects from negatively impacting your health and well-being.

 Oh, and no more using the smartphone in the bathroom. Please no. Just drop it already!

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